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Safety Planning Toolkit

The Washington State Legislature considers it to be a matter of public safety for public schools and staff to have current safe school plans and procedures in place, fully consistent with federal law. These comprehensive safe school plans are also often referred to as Emergency Operations Plans (EOPs).
(RCW 28A.320.125)

Guide for Developing HQ School EOP Plans

  • Prepared by the Readiness and Emergency Management for Schools, this guide is the result of collaborative efforts among the USDOE, FEMA, Homeland Security, and several other federal agencies. To learn more, read the full EOP plan overview.

The Role of Districts in Developing High-Quality School Emergency Operations Plans: A Companion to the School Guide

  • This guide is the district-level companion to the School Guide. It walks through roles and responsibilities for district-level administrators and staffs.
  • The District Guide identifies responsibilities such
    • Coordinating with schools and community partners to help ensure collaboration and integration with district, local, regional, state, tribal, and federal agency EOPs;
    • Providing planning parameters for use by schools throughout the entire district, and
    • Supporting schools at each step as they develop all-hazard EOPs to fit each school’s individual needs.
  • This guide applies the same planning principles, and follows the same six-step process and complete the tasks associated with each step. The District Guide, however, provides more district-focused information.

Emergency Management Virtual Toolkit for Education Agencies Serving K-12 Schools 

  • This introduction to the web tools for K-12 districts and schools are used to provide information on EOP plan development, guidance, trainings, and tools. This links to the REMS Emergency Management Virtual Toolkit with resources to support district and school efforts to build capacity in emergency management and preparedness.

REMS TA Center EOP Interactive Tools

  • You will find interactive tools to support individuals and planning teams at schools, and school districts in assessing their knowledge of concepts fundamental to emergency management, and in creating and evaluating emergency operations plans (EOPs).

One of the interactive tools is EOP Assist, a web-accessible software application for state agencies, school districts, and schools to host on their own servers. It guides planning team members through a process which will result in the creation of a safety plan built on Federal guidelines for developing a high-quality school EOP. All plans developed through this tool will be both customizable and downloadable.

REMS Site Asses is a Mobile Application for K-12 Schools and School Districts to walk around buildings and grounds and examine safety, security, accessibility, and emergency preparedness.

MTSS is an action framework that structures service delivery to assist staff and students to create a culture for learning. Within the context of school safety, MTSS also applies to the Multi-Tiered Safety System, with each tier identifying policies, procedures, products, and specific populations involved in developing the safety framework.